Follow the steps below, in order, to acquire a certificate for the MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation course and exam:

STEP 1: MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course

Course Delivery: Virtual Classroom
Course Cost: 
$75 +GST
Course Duration:
4hrs/day for 2 consecutive days
Accessibility: ASL Interpreters (dates pending)

This 2-day instructor-led workshop is the prerequisite for the online MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Exam administered by Actsafe Safety Association.

Attend this workshop BEFORE taking the online exam.

Developed in partnership between Creative BC, MPPIA and industry labour organizations, this comprehensive, mandatory course provides you with the information you need to know before working on a film set. This orientation program is just one step in a series of courses or programs which will be required by the different associations, guilds and unions in order to make your entry into the motion picture/television industry.

Course topics include the structure of the BC film industry, stages of production, industry jobs, set terminology, set etiquette, basic safety and communication skills.

    • Provides a quick history of British Columbia’s motion picture industry and examines why the industry has been so successful.
    • Introduces you to the common phrases and expressions heard on a motion picture set.
    • Includes an overview of the five stages of motion picture production.
    • Identifies top industry expectations, and the benefits and challenges of working in the motion picture industry.
    • Examines the essential interpersonal, communication, and team skills required in the industry.
    • Introduces the fundamentals of developing and maintaining good community relations.
    • Presents a list of dos and don’ts of behavior while on and off a motion picture set.
    • Explains how to read a call sheet.
    • Outlines the basics of using a walkie talkie on set
    • Provides an overview of the health and safety risks while working on set and examines employer and worker safety responsibilities.
    • Provides a list of job descriptions and unions found in the motion picture industry.
 For an ASL-Interpreted course, please register here:

STEP 2: MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Exam

Exam Delivery: Online
Exam Cost:
$50 +GST
Exam Duration:

This MPPIA Motion Picture Industry Orientation Exam will test the knowledge learned from the course (step 1). This is an open-book exam. You will have 3 chances to pass the exam with a grade of 80% or more. 

Complete this exam AFTER taking the course.

Once you have successfully completed this online exam, your certification will be automatically uploaded to your STAR profile.


OPTION A – I do not have a STAR profile 

      1. A STAR profile was created for you*, please look for an activation email from to activate your profile (contact us via 604-733-4682 or LiveChat if you cannot find this email).
      2. Once your STAR profile is activated and you are logged in, go to the STORE tab to purchase the exam, OR click register below
*If you have completed the course with InFocus Film School, Capilano University, Langara College, or Vancouver Film School, please allow at least 2 business days for administrative processing.

OPTION B – I already have a STAR profile
Click the register button below…